Arkema’s Sartomer plant in Guangzhou serves the customer base throughout Asia in this rapidly expanding, high growth market of specialty UV curable inks, coatings and adhesives.
Arkema announced the construction on its Nansha site south of Canton, China, of a new production line for UV, LED and EB photocure resins, which should come on stream early 2019. This new line will produce high performance photocure resins for printed circuits and smartphone, tablet or television screens, as well as the 3D printing market for which Sartomer has just launched its latest generation range of solutions under the trade name N3xtDimension.
These solvent-free specialty resins are environmentally friendly, while also complying in particular with global standards on volatile organic compound (VOC) low emissions. Hence they bolster the Group’s strategy in the development of new “eco-sustainable” materials, and will enable Sartomer to capitalize on the 10 percent annual growth expected in the electronics and 3D printing high added value niche markets.
This project is consistent with the Group’s ambition to speed up the development of its advanced materials that should eventually account for more than 25 percent of its sales, and to continue consolidating its presence in Asia.